Gibbs hails Bould impact on Arsenal defence

The Gunners have conceded only two goals in their opening five matches and the left-back has joined those praising the contribution of the new assistant manager and former defender
Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has hailed the impact made by new assistant manager Steve Bould in helping the Gunners improve their defensive record this season.

Arsene Wenger's team have conceded only two goals so far in the Premier League - the joint-fewest in the division along with table toppers Chelsea - and are unbeaten through their opening five contests.

Bould replaced Pat Rice as Wenger's No.2 following the retirement of the 63-year-old at the end of last season and Gibbs praised the positive effect of his attention to detail and training methods.

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"You look at last season, we conceded too many goals and we knew we had to improve," Gibbs told reporters following the 1-1 draw with Manchester City.

"We just looked at where we were going wrong – and attention to detail comes into it a lot with Steve Bould. He's very focused on the small things.

"He played quite recently and we do a lot more stuff by splitting the team into separate training sessions. We are getting a good understanding."

Gibbs was particularly grateful for the influence of Bould given that the former Arsenal defender recommended to Wenger that the full-back be promoted to first-team training after impressing for the club's youth sides.

"Steve was the one who said to the boss to put me in to train with the first-team for the first time," he revealed.

"Now he's working with us I want to show him my appreciation for what he's done and how he helped me. I feel I want to give that back and show him he was right in what he did for me."